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MACE Martha Ellen

Female 1837 - 1898  (60 years)


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  • Name MACE Martha Ellen  [1
    Born 4 Nov 1837  , Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Married Name Martha Edgar 
    Married Name Martha Kepler 
    Married Name Martha Kitchens 
    Died 19 Feb 1898  [3
    Buried Renaud Cemetery, , Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gravestone for Kepler, Martha E.
    Gravestone for Kepler, Martha E.
    Transcription:
    MARTHA E.
    WIFE OF
    W.T. KEPLER
    BORN
    NOV. 4, 1837
    DIED
    FEB. 19, 1898
    Photo submitted by Sharon on 20 March 2007 at findagrave.com
    Notes 
    • Andrew Jackson (Dick) Kitchen was the son of George Kitchen and Elizabeth Adams. Dick (Bushwhacker book) married Martha Ellen Mace Edgar, March 31,1867, the daughter of Henry Mace and Elizabeth Black. Dick and Martha had a little girl who died after eating too many dried apples. She is buried at the Renaud Cemetery.

      Oral family history says Dick and others fought the North as bushwhackers instead of putting on Southern uniforms. They destroyed government supply wagons at Beaver Creek, south of Rolla and around Edgar Springs and also gave food back to those people from whom the army had taken it.

      At the conclusion of the war all Southern sympathizers were to be pardoned, but the one in charge of Missouri said, "No". This area put out posters for Dick Kitchens, Anthony Wright, Bill Wilson and Jim Jamison.BILL went to Texas, Anthony to Louisiana, Jim was later pardoned and became a Texas Ranger.

      After the war Dick was hiding in a cave east of Edgar Springs (where Highway H crosses Little Piney). Dick's mother's home was at the foot of the hill that leads to the Mitchell Cemetery. Sergeant Jim Samples and the Home Guard came looking for Dick. Dick's half-sister Bett, age 16, would slip out at night and take him food. Samples and his men caught her and tried to make her reveal where Dick was. She wouldn't, so they hung her from a walnut tree by the house. They shoved her mother into the house, chained the door, piled straw up to the front door and set it on fire. When they let Bett down, she said, "Now I didn't tell you, and I never will!" Then they hung her again. The second time, she was turning blue. By then Dick had gotten there with his guns shooting. The soldiers ran off. Bett had rope burns on her neck for many years. Dick said he could have killed them all, but he didn't want to kill anyone.

      Another time Samples and his men came to Coon's (Dick's brother) home and took him up on a ridge to kill him if he didn't tell where Dick was. Coon thought the only thing that saved him was that John Samples, Jim's father, came. He was a Baptist preacher. He preached in a coat that had a bullet hole in the back. He walked stooped over. They asked him how he got that way. He said, "From dodging Bill Wilson's bullets." He had a crease on the back of his head from one.

      Martha Ellen's mother was very sick. (She lived where Bud Arthur's farmis now located.) Dick went there to help sit up with her. Samples found out where he was and brought the Home Guard after dark. They fired two bullets into Mrs. Mace's pillow. Dick told his relatives to blow out the light and get on the floor. Dick saw the glint of a gun barrel and went out with both guns firing. He killed Samples and wounded some other. Dick escaped on his horse.

      The soldiers went up to Uncle Antnie's (Dick's brother) at 2:00 in the morning to make him haul Samples's body home. He hauled the body with ateam of oxen and wagon. John Samples thanked him for bringing his boy home. Somebody asked Antnie if he didn't hate to haul him. He said, "Only thing I hate -- I didn't have a full load."

      Dick was freighting and was at a blacksmith shop in Evening Shade, Arkansas. He had to shoe his horse. He took off his guns and hung them upon the bellows. He didn't have enough horseshoe nails and while getting them, someone shot him in the back with his own gun. He is buried at Evening Shade.

      Martha's farm was where Roy Davidson's farm is located today. Martha later married Tom Kepler. She is buried in Renaud Cemetery.

      Dicks's uncle, "Piney Bill" William Adams was kept awhile as a prisoner during the Civil War because authorities accused him of harboring bushwhackers in his home.

      Submitted by Connie Davidson [4]
    Person ID I709  Kult-Lawhorn-Case-Collier Family Tree | Collier Branch
    Last Modified 19 Dec 2016 

    Father MACE Henry,   b. Abt 1793, , , , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother BLACK Eleanor,   b. 11 Nov 1804,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 28 Dec 1832  , , Greene County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F341  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 EDGAR [Unkown] 
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F1918  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 KITCHENS Andrew Jackson "Dick",   b. 1839,   d. 1868, , Evening Shade, Sharp County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 31 Mar 1867  , , Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. KITCHENS [Unknown],   bur. Renaud Cemetery, , Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 KEPLER William Tom,   b. 2 May 1842,   d. 2 Apr 1911  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 8 May 1870  [6
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F1919  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Nov 1837 - , Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Mar 1867 - , , Phelps County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S765] Deskin, Charles H., compiler. "Internet Family Tree." Family tree website, (www.deskin-family.com : INACTIVE), Entry for Henry Mace, <http://www.deskin-family.com/ps01/ps01_269.htm> (Reliability: 1).

    2. [S764] Renaud Cemetery (Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri; LAT/LON N37.7025°, W-91.8158°; located east of Edgar Springs; take Hwy. 63 south from Rolla to Edgar Springs, then turn left onto SR FF into Edgar Springs; go east on SR FF for approx. 2 miles -- FF turns into CR 6100; continue on CR 6100 for approx. 3/4 mile -- the cemetery is on the right). Grave markers, Martha E. Kepler marker (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S764] Renaud Cemetery (Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri; LAT/LON N37.7025°, W-91.8158°; located east of Edgar Springs; take Hwy. 63 south from Rolla to Edgar Springs, then turn left onto SR FF into Edgar Springs; go east on SR FF for approx. 2 miles -- FF turns into CR 6100; continue on CR 6100 for approx. 3/4 mile -- the cemetery is on the right). Grave markers, Martha E. Kepler marker (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S207] Phelps County Genealogical Society (Mo.). Phelps County Missouri Heritage, Vol. I, (Rolla, Missouri : Phelps County Genealogical Society, 1992), p. 229.

    5. [S765] Deskin, Charles H., compiler. "Internet Family Tree." Family tree website, (www.deskin-family.com : INACTIVE), Entry for William Mace, <http://www.deskin-family.com/ps01/ps01_469.htm> (Reliability: 1).

    6. [S765] Deskin, Charles H., compiler. "Internet Family Tree." Family tree website, (www.deskin-family.com : INACTIVE), Entry for Martha Ellen Mace, <http://www.deskin-family.com/ps01/ps01_471.htm> (Reliability: 1).